• Fume extractor gets smarter for better data for analytics around laser part marking and engraving

    Fume extractor gets smarter for better data for analytics around laser part marking and engraving
    Portable fume and particulate extraction equipment maker BOFA is aiming at high volume laser marking and engraving processes with an intelligent extractor operating system. Called iQ2, it will be seen in the company’s AD Oracle iQ2 extraction system. To guide filter replacement, it provides visual overview of whole system status in real-time on a multi-language colour touchscreen ...
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  • High-reliability SMD fuses in 0603 and 1206

    High-reliability SMD fuses in 0603 and 1206
    Bourns has introduced two series of high-grade surface-mount fuses, rated to 150°C. SF-0603SA-M and SF-1206SA-M have slow-blow characteristics, conducting for at least four hours at rated current, and clearing within 5s at room temperature and 2.5x rated current. They come in EIA 0603 and 1206 footprints respectively, and are of multilayer ceramic construction with protection against thermal ...
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  • UK grass health robot company wins investment

    UK grass health robot company wins investment
    Robot grass measuring company E-Nano has raised “a six-figure sum” with University of Sussex backed investor matching service Suss Ventures. “Support from Suss Ventures was key to put us in front of an early-stage fund that could act as lead investor,” according to E-Nano co-founder Christian Von Scheidt. “Their team has been professional all the way ...
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  • ST strips down NFC transceiver to make IC for passive peer-to-peer, card-emulation and reader use

    ST strips down NFC transceiver to make IC for passive peer-to-peer, card-emulation and reader use
    ST Microelectronics has striped down its flagship ST25R3916 NFC reader to create a lower cost IC for identifying accessories for power tools and personal healthcare devices, for example. Called ST25R3918, it works with the company’s ST25 tags, and can be used as an NFC-A/B (ISO 14443A/B) card reader up to 848kbit/s, an NFC-V (ISO 15693) reader ...
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  • 12bit 1.6Gsample/s quad ADC qualified for space use

    12bit 1.6Gsample/s quad ADC qualified for space use
    Teledyne has qualified its four channel 12bit 1.6Gsample/s EV12AQ600 ADC for space use, describing it as “industry’s first four-channel analogue-to-digital converter to be qualified for space deployment”. It now meets NASA and ESA requirements, complying with MIL-PRF-38535 (QML-Y) and ESCC 9000. The most recent testing was to evaluate total ionising dose (TID) tolerance, where it scored ...
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  • Xilinx acquires Silexica and its C/C++ tools

    Xilinx acquires Silexica and its C/C++ tools
    Xilinx  has acquired German C/C++programming tool provider, Silexica.  The privately held company produces C/C++ programming and analysis tools for automotive, aerospace and defence,  wireless comms, robotic and financial markets. Its SLX FPGA tool suite is used to manage the HLS  (high level synthesis) design flow. In February this year, Silexica and Xilinx co-presented at the ...
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  • 5G delivering 100Mbps+ downloads in four UK cities

    5G delivering 100Mbps+ downloads in four UK cities
    5G network testing by RootMetrics in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Cardiff and Nottingham has shown that while Vodafone and O2 delivered strong 5G median download speeds, EE is the leader when it comes to providing consistently broad availability plus fast speeds. RootMetrics uses a measure it calls  “Everyday 5G” performance which is a combination of results recorded ...
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  • Graphcore hooks up with SiPearl

    Graphcore hooks up with SiPearl
    Graphcore has hooked up with Euro-processor developer SiPearl  to develop integrated hardware and software technology. The companies say that combining AI and HPC will accelerate the evolution of simulation and prediction models enabling developers and users to design new generations of data flows and application tasks that are both more efficient and easier to programme ...
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  • Samsung starts mass production of DRAM/NAND memory module

    Samsung starts mass production of DRAM/NAND memory module
    Samsung has begun mass producing its latest smartphone memory – the LPDDR5 UFS-based multichip package (uMCP). Samsung’s uMCP integrates the fastest LPDDR5 DRAM with the latest UFS 3.1 NAND flash. “As 5G-compatible devices become more mainstream, we anticipate that our latest multichip package innovation will accelerate the market transition to 5G,” says Samsung vp Young-soo ...
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  • Microrobots degrade plastic

    Microrobots degrade plastic
    Self-propelled microrobots that can swim, attach to plastics and break them down, have been proposed by researcher’s at Prague’s University of Chemistry and Technology. The smallest  microplastics – less than 5 mm in size – are hard to pick up and remove. In addition, they can adsorb heavy metals and pollutants, potentially harming humans or ...
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  • UK gov funds nanosatellite competition for decarbonisation

    UK gov funds nanosatellite competition for decarbonisation
    The UK government will be launching a competition for nanosatellite designs that can help support and monitor the UK’s decarbonisation targets. Dubbed LaunchUK Nanosat, it’s aimed at younger people (16+) – the “next generation of British space scientists” – to design a nanosatellite. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps was at Goonhilly Earth Station in Cornwall when ...
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  • Infineon adds to three-phase gate drivers

    Infineon adds to three-phase gate drivers
    Infineon has expanded its EiceDRIVER product portfolio of three-phase gate driver ICs with the 6EDL7141. The fully programmable solution for advanced motor control applications is packaged in a 48-pin VQFN with a 7×7 mm² footprint, delivers higher power density and improves overall system efficiency. Combined with the company’s power MOSFETs, customers are now able to ...
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  • USB-C male-female connecting cable

    USB-C male-female connecting cable
    Cliff Electronics has introduced a USB-C male – female connecting cable which supports Power Delivery (PD) charging at 60 watts (20v/@3A), USB 3.1 (Gen 1) 5Gb/s data transfer speeds, and can be used as a video cable for [email protected] video output (Thunderbolt 3) and for audio transmission.  When used in a system equipped with Cliff FeedThrough ...
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  • Voltage monitor and reset chip has BIST for ADAS

    Voltage monitor and reset chip has BIST for ADAS
    Aiming at functional safety requirements, Maxim has added self-test to a voltage monitor and reset IC for driver assistance systems. Called MAX16137, it has two forms of BIST (built-in self-test): one that checks the chip at power-up and a second that checks on-demand. Just like any reset chip, it holds its reset output low a power-up ...
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  • IPO Arm, says Qualcomm boss, and we’ll buy in

    IPO Arm, says Qualcomm boss, and we’ll buy in
    If the Nvidia-Arm deal falls foul of regulatory scrutiny and then  Softbank decided to IPO it, Qualcomm would be prepared to buy a stake in Arm alongside other tech companies, says Qualcomm’s CEO. “If Arm has an independent future, I think you will find there is a lot of interest from a lot of the ...
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  • APEC: 3phase motor driver for power tools and service robots

    APEC: 3phase motor driver for power tools and service robots
    Infineon has added gate drive charge pumps to keep motor drive mosfets working properly in a three-phase motor controller that works across 5.5 to 60V, and up to 1.5A (diagram below). Called 6EDL7141, it can drive gates from 7, 10, 12 or 15V, provided by one charge pump for the low-side mosfets and one for ...
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  • Vodafone chooses O-RAN suppliers

    Vodafone chooses O-RAN suppliers
    Vodafone today unveiled its strategic O-RAN vendors – Dell, NEC, Samsung Electronics, Wind River, Capgemini Engineering and Keysight Technologies.  Vodafone’s initial focus will be on the 2,500 sites in the UK that it committed to Open RAN in October 2020. It is one of the largest deployments in the world and will be built jointly ...
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  • Toshiba takeover plot gets political

    Toshiba takeover plot gets political
    Two Toshiba directors have resigned following receipt by the board of a letter from activist shareholder 3D Investments of Singapore. 3D Investments, which is trying to promote a private equity takeover of Toshiba, wrote an open letter to Toshiba urging the chairman and three directors to resign. 3D has a 7.2% stake in Toshiba. The ...
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  • Fabless have fabulous Q1

    Fabless have fabulous Q1
    AMD grew revenues 92.9%, MediaTek by 88%, Nvidia by 76%, Realtek by 56%, Qualcomm by 53% ans Dialog by 47%, in a sto King Q1, reports TrendForce, AMD saw growth in the PC and server markets as WFH continues to push demand for notebooks and servers. Nvidia gained from crypto mining and Qualcomm from RF ...
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  • Sierra Space signs up Spaceport Cornwall for Dream Chaser landings

    Sierra Space signs up Spaceport Cornwall for Dream Chaser landings
    Sierra Space has given a boost to the hopes of Spaceport Cornwall to be the landing centre for space vehicles, such as Sierra Space’s Dream Chaser. The US company – headquartered in Sparks, Nevada – is the new commercial space subsidiary of aerospace specialist Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC). It has signed a memorandum of understanding ...
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  • Sierra Space signs up Spaceport Cornwall for Dream Chaser flights

    Sierra Space signs up Spaceport Cornwall for Dream Chaser flights
    Sierra Space has given a boost to the hopes of Spaceport Cornwall to be the landing centre for space vehicles, such as Sierra Space’s Dream Chaser. The US company – headquartered in Sparks, Nevada – is the new commercial space subsidiary of aerospace specialist Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC). It has signed a memorandum of understanding ...
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  • UK’s Satellite VU chosen for Amazon’s Space Accelerator programme

    UK’s Satellite VU chosen for Amazon’s Space Accelerator programme
    Amazon has announced the first 10 startups to take part in its Amazon Web Services (AWS) Space Accelerator, with a UK thermal imaging company, Satellite VU, among those selected. The AWS Space Accelerator is a four-week business support programme that is open to space startups. The criteria for entry was “seeking to use AWS to ...
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  • Si Labs and Wirepas combine on mesh networks

    Si Labs and Wirepas combine on mesh networks
    Silicon Labs and Wirepas have brought out a combined hardware and software product for mesh networks. Wirepas Massive – which connects and localises sensors, tags and luminaires – is now available on Silicon Labs’ EFR32BG21 (BG21) and EFR32BG22 (BG22) modules and SoCs. Powered by BG21 and BG22 Bluetooth modules and SoCs, Wirepas Massive delivers flexible ...
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  • Melexis expands Triaxis position sensors

    Melexis expands Triaxis position sensors
    Melexis, the Belgian auto chip specialist,  has added to its non-contact position sensors, with devices – MLX90421 and MLX90422 – which are based on the company’s Triaxis magnetic sensing technology. They have the same key features as the MLX90364/5/6/7 devices, but with some additional enhancements incorporated. Intended for use in cost-sensitive automotive applications including powertrain ...
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  • Toshiba shrinks solid-state lidar for transport infrastructure

    Toshiba shrinks solid-state lidar for transport infrastructure
    Toshiba has updated its solid-state lidar, claiming the world’s smallest physical volume. A key improvement is within the silicon photo-multiplier (SiPM) light receiving integrated circuits which have light-receiving cells controlled by transistors. The new chips have smaller transistor modules, replace buffer layers protecting the transistors with newly-developed insulating trenches between the transistors and the light-receiving ...
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  • More on: China’s lunar comms satellite

    More on: China’s lunar comms satellite
    Chinese scientists have revealed details of Queqiao, the lunar communications satellite that relays data between the Chang’e-4 moon lander and Earth. Needed because the lander is on a part of the Moon which does not have direct line-of-sight with the Earth, Queqiao has been placed in orbit around the second Lagrange point in the Earth-Moon system. ...
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  • Intel said to have offered $2bn for SiFive

    Intel said to have offered $2bn for SiFive
    Intel is reported by Reuters to have offered $2billion to buy six year-old RISC-V chip designer SiFive. When it last raised money – a $61 million Series E last year – SiFive was valued at $500 million. Its 2019 series D raised $65.4 million and its Series C, in which Intel took a major share, ...
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  • UK and US agree science and technology partnership

    UK and US agree science and technology partnership
    As part of US President Joe Biden’s visit, the UK and US  have agreed to develop a science and technology partnership to strengthen the UK-US relationship. The partnership will explore a number of areas for cooperation including research, innovation and commercialisation; defence, security, law enforcement and intelligence; and making sure technology is used as a ...
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  • Quantum encryption via satellite

    Quantum encryption via satellite
    Arqit, the quantum encryption specialist, has formed an international consortium of companies and government organisations to provide governments with its quantum encryption technology called Federated Quantum System (FQS). The UK, USA, Japan, Canada, Italy, Belgium and Austria are now represented. Arqit’s system uses satellites to distribute quantum keys to data centres. These keys are delivered ...
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  • Chip sales up 21.7% y-o-y

    Chip sales up 21.7% y-o-y
    April chip sales of $41.8 billion were 1.9% up on the March figure of $41 billion and 21.7% more than the April 2020 total of $34.4 billion. The figures are compiled by WSTS which forecasts sales will increase 19.7% in 2021 and 8.8% in 2022. “Global demand for semiconductors remained high in April, as reflected by ...
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  • Relativity announces 3D-printed, reusable Terran R rocket

    Relativity announces 3D-printed, reusable Terran R rocket
    Relativity Space has announced plans for its Terran R, a fully reusable, entirely 3D-printed launch vehicle. The Long Beach-based company describes it as a two-stage, 216-foot-tall rocket with a 16-foot diameter, and a 5-meter payload fairing Terran R will be designed to be entirely reusable and capable of launching 20,000 kg to low Earth orbit ...
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  • Test the cable and the network in one instrument

    Test the cable and the network in one instrument
    Fluke has introduced a cable and network tester for installers and maintenance technicians. Called LinkIQ Cable+Network, it makes frequency-based cable measurement and shows the maximum data rate the cable can support, up to 10Gbit/s. It also displays information on the cable distance-to-fault and, if connected, details of the nearest switch port, including its name, VLAN ...
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  • Arrow bobs and weaves with ROOQ

    Arrow bobs and weaves with ROOQ
    Boxers can monitor and review their performance in the ring, using data gathered by sensors worn on wrist straps. This data was only previously available under laboratory conditions, says German sports analysis company, ROOQ which has developed ROOQ Box with Arrow Electronics. The sensors record movements and the data is analysed using the ROOQ app and ...
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  • Versal AI Edge ACAP drives up ML compute and adds memory for AI

    Versal AI Edge ACAP drives up ML compute and adds memory for AI
    Xilinx has enhanced its Versal AI Edge adaptive compute acceleration platforms (ACAPs) with the introduction of AI Engine-ML which increases machine learning by a factor of four, compared with the earlier AI Engine architecture. It has also integrated an accelerator RAM with enhanced memory hierarchy to accommodate AI algorithms. According to the company, these enhancements quadruples ...
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  • 4 channel 1Gsample/s USB 3.0 oscilloscope with 240µV of noise

    4 channel 1Gsample/s USB 3.0 oscilloscope with 240µV of noise
    Netherlands-based TiePie has introduced a 1Gsample/s four-channel USB 3.0 oscilloscope with 0.25% accuracy, 240 µVrms noise and 250MHz analogue bandwidth (-3dB at 75% full scale) per channel. Resolution is adjustable 8 to 16bit and bandwidth can be limited 150, 100 or 50MHz. As is usual with PC scopes, sampling rate, number of active channels, bit width and memory depth are all traded ...
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  • ABB gets power converter contract for Dogger Bank wind farm

    ABB gets power converter contract for Dogger Bank wind farm
    ABB has a contract to deliver 95 medium voltage converters to GE Renewable Energy for the Dogger Bank Wind Farm – ABB’s first major order under its long-term supply agreement with GE. The PCS6000 voltage converters will be installed in 220m diameter 13MW GE Haliade-X wind turbines. “Currently, the most powerful offshore wind turbines in ...
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  • Auto chips lose market share and fall in price

    Auto chips lose market share and fall in price
    Despite the shortage of  automotive chips,  the ASP of automotive application-specific ICs in 1Q21 was less than it was in 2020, reports IC Insights, while the percentage of the total IC sales taken by auto IC sales fell to 7.5% last year from 8.7% in 2019. Figure 1 shows that since 1998, only the automotive and communications ...
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  • Siemens buys Nextflow Software

    Siemens buys Nextflow Software
    Siemens Digital has bought  Nextflow Software, an independent provider of advanced particle-based computational fluid dynamics (CFD) solutions. Nextflow Software will become part of Siemens Digital Industries Software, where its offering will expand the Simcenter software portfolio, part of the Siemens’ Xcelerator portfolio of software and services, with rapid meshless CFD capabilities to accelerate the analysis ...
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  • Mipsology launches Zebra FPGA

    Mipsology launches Zebra FPGA
    In Q3, Mipsology will ship Zebra FPGA IP which accelerates the development and deployment of FPGA and adaptive SoC-based machine learning systems.. The Zebra neural network accelerator can be combined with ARM CPUs and GPUs, and video decoders on Xilinx multiprocessor systems on chips (MPSoCs) to deliver complex processing. Zebra FPGA IP uses only a ...
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  • Digi-Key partners Rochester Electronics for component supply

    Digi-Key partners Rochester Electronics for component supply
    Rochester Electronics is joining the Digi-Key Marketplace, which started last year to widen access to more product lines. The partnership is intended to address concerns about the ongoing semiconductor shortages. Digi-Key says it anticipates the overall component shortfall in the industry will likely last into 2022, but the Rochester Electronics partnership will help continuity of ...
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  • Skylo, Inmarsat team up for satellite-based IoT connectivity

    Skylo, Inmarsat team up for satellite-based IoT connectivity
    Inmarsat has agreed to provide the capacity backbone to deliver the IoT systems of Skylo, a satellite-based narrow-band IoT specialist. The agreement pairs the UK-based Inmarsat’s satellite network with Skylo’s IoT services for connecting machines and sensors. It will, they claim, provide “even the most remotely located application users with real-time, actionable insights”. The companies ...
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  • EPC launches rad-hard GaN family

    EPC launches rad-hard GaN family
    Efficient Power Conversion (EPC) of El Segundo has brought out a family of rad-hard GaN transistors and ICs. The EPC7014 – a 60 V, 340 mΩ, 4 APulsed, rad–hard eGaNFET in a  0.81 mm2 footprint – is the first in the family. The EPC7014 has a total dose rating greater than 1 Mrad and SEE immunity for LET ...
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  • EPC launches GaN family

    EPC launches GaN family
    Efficient Power Conversion (EPC) of El Segundo has brought out a family of rad-hard GaN transistors and ICs. The EPC7014 – a 60 V, 340 mΩ, 4 APulsed, rad–hard eGaNFET in a  0.81 mm2 footprint – is the first in the family. The EPC7014 has a total dose rating greater than 1 Mrad and SEE immunity for LET ...
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  • Mythic launches analogue processor

    Mythic launches analogue processor
    Mythic, the analogue processor developer, has launched its M1076 Analog Matrix Processor(Mythic AMP). To address a wider range of designs, the M1076 AMP comes in several form factors: a standalone processor; a PCIe M.2 card; a PCIe card with up to 16 AMPs. The M1076 AMP can support up to 25TOPSof AI compute in a ...
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  • 3.3kW on-board charger for small electric vehicles

    3.3kW on-board charger for small electric vehicles
    Delta-Q Technologies of Vancouver is combining a 3.3kW charger, a 500W d-dc converter and an electric vehicle charging station interface into one unit for building into vehicles with low-voltage batteries. Called XV3300, it will be available in 58.8V, 65V, and 120V models and can be combined in multiples up to 20kW. “Our team included a dc-dc converter ...
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  • Photovoltaic generators drive isolated mosfet gates in as little as 100μs

    Photovoltaic generators drive isolated mosfet gates in as little as 100μs
    Panasonic has introduced a pair of photovoltaic drivers for operating mosfet gates with voltage isolation. Each consists of an LED and a stack of photodiodes, plus output control circuity. APV1111GVY has a comparatively high output current – 45μA (or 8.5V) – for fast gate charging leading to fast mosfet turn-on. APV3111GVY has a comparatively high ...
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  • UK made: Pimoroni switches to larger Sheffield base

    UK made: Pimoroni switches to larger Sheffield base
    Electronics manufacturer Pimoroni has doubled its production, research and development and warehousing space by relocation within Sheffield. The company, founded in 2012, supplies 2,500 educational, industrial and hobbyist products through over 100 distributors worldwide. It has £6m turnover and 40 staff, and has brought all its operations under one roof with a 10-year lease in ...
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  • Updated: ‘Industry’s fastest 18bit ADC’

    Updated: ‘Industry’s fastest 18bit ADC’
    TI is claiming “Industry’s fastest 18bit ADC for its 65Msample/s ADC3683. The dual channel device has a 900MHz bandwidth and will accept signal sup to 3.2Vp-p. Signal to noise ratio is 84.2dB* and noise spectral density -160dBfs/Hz Effective number of bits (ENOB) and spurious-free dynamic range (SFDR) are 13.7 and 89dB respectively. All for a typical ...
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  • Photoacoustic spectroscopy ambient CO2 sensor smaller than a sugar cube

    Working with Sensirion, Alps Alpine has turned to photoacoustic spectroscopy (PAS) to create a compact ambient CO2 concentration sensor in which the level of CO2 is determined by the sound of CO2 molecules make when illuminated with infra-red. “Because detection accuracy is not dependent on the distance travelled by the infrared light, we managed to ...
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  • Sponsored content – Semiconductor relays by Celduc, SSR solutions for every field of automation

    Sponsored content – Semiconductor relays by Celduc, SSR solutions for every field of automation
    In control systems applied in modern electromechanics, solutions based on discrete components and digital electronics are becoming increasingly common. In addition to speed and absence of mechanical components, semiconductor alternatives to traditional components have a number of practical advantages – e.g. they are smaller, more durable and silent. These are the main reasons why we ...
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